Patriots sweep Lutes

Kelsie Batten fires to the plate. The Patriot pitcher is 12-2 on the season. Photo by John Murphy

On a chilly, misty, and overcast Sunday afternoon, the No. 9 UT Tyler softball team took on Pacific Lutheran (Wash.) University and completed a two-game sweep shutting out the Lutes 5-0 and 9-0 at UT Tyler Ballpark.

The wins put UT Tyler’s overall record at 23-2. Pacific Lutheran falls to 5-13 on the season.

The Patriots next face LeTourneau University in a three-game conference matchup beginning with a single game at UT Tyler Ballpark on Friday at 4 p.m. On Saturday, the teams play a doubleheader with the first game beginning at 1 p.m.

In game one, the Patriots showed their power as Melissa Hinojosa and Jackie Mendez belted home runs. Both Hinojosa and Mendez were 2 for 4 with two RBIs apiece.

Raven Rodriguez added a triple, while Lauren Robenalt, Whitney Burt and Kierin Stevens added hits. Robenault also had an RBI for the Patriots.

Kelsie Batten (12-2) went seven innings in the circle to get the shutouts. She had two strikeouts and no walks.

The Lutes got four hits — singles by Emily McConnell, Thalen Masada, Lindsey Matsunaga and Tori Hamura.

It was all UT Tyler in game two as Pacific Lutheran wasn’t able to get a runner to third base during the whole game. The Patriots’ scoring run started early as Robenalt opened the home half of the first with a triple to right field. A single by Burt brought her in before Hinojosa doubled to score Burt. Hinojosa finished the two games a triple shy of the cycle for the series.

The Patriots pounded out 17 hits to two for the Lutes.

Along with Robenalt’s triple, Hinojosa added a double. Robenalt, Mendez and Hinojosa were all 3 for 4.

Burt, Shelby Shelton and Rodriguez were all 2 for 4. Ashley Webb and Vanessa Carrizales had singles.

In the circle, Alaina Kissinger (9-0) limited the Lutes to hits while striking out four and not allowing a walk. Katie Lowery and Jessica Wallace each had doubles for Pacific Lutheran.

The Lutes will travel to Marshall today to meet East Texas Baptist in a doubleheader. The first game is scheduled to start at 2 p.m.

Pacific Lutheran had won four straight entering Sunday’s games.


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